Hon. Dean D. Pregerson See Rating Details
District Judge See Comments
C.D.Cal.  
Average Rating:3.6 - 24 rating(s)
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*Temperament:   (1=Awful,10=Excellent)
*Scholarship:   (1=Awful,10=Excellent)
*Industriousness:   (1=Not at all industrious,10=Highly industrious)
*Ability to Handle Complex Litigation:    (1=Awful,10=Excellent)
*Punctuality:    (1=Chronic`y Late,10=Always on Time)
*Evenhandedness in Civil Litigation:    (1=Demonstrates Bias,10=Entirely Evenhanded)
*Evenhandedness in Criminal Litigation:   (1=Demonstrates Bias,10=Entirely Evenhanded)
Flexibility In Scheduling   (1=Completely Inflexible,10=Very Flexible)
General Inclination Regarding Bail (1=Pro-Defense,10=Pro-Government)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases, Pre-Trial:   (1=Pro-Defense,10=Pro-Government)
Involvement in Civil Settlement Discussions:   (1=Least Involved,10=Most Involved)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases, Trial:    (1=Pro-Defense,10=Pro-Government)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases, Sentencing:    (1=Most Lenient,10=Most Harsh)
Typical Discount Off Guidelines for Cooperators:    (1=10%,10=100%)
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What others have said about Hon. Dean D. Pregerson


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Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 21605
Rating:2.0
Comments:
This beneficiary of nepotism is not his father. He is of low intelligence, very respectful of the government, and very, very weak.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 21590
Rating:5.0
Comments:
He ruled based on what he thought was fair, and not the black letter of the law or the contract. Aside from that, he's fine enough as a judge.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 21416
Rating:2.0
Comments:
This judge is stupid, lazy, and overwhelmed by his job, yet pleasant like a fool is pleasant.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 21261
Rating:2.1
Comments:
This judge is not very smart, and bends over backwards to appear not to be liberal -- very strange.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 21142
Rating:2.2
Comments:
He is a very dull-witted jurist, with government biases, who rarely has read any of the paperwork. He will lock onto an idea, no matter how ludicrous, and it will then be impossible to change his mind. He has a bit of insecurity around smarter lawyers, as he is living in the shadow of his more famous father. I actually heard him tell a lawyer in his courtroom that Constitutional issues are "just technical" issues and he doesn't want "technical" arguments. He will cover up government misconduct when faced with it, rather than deal with it. He is a sad reflection on why legacies make bad judges.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 20951
Rating:2.1
Comments:
Not a mental giant. A rich kid, whose dad got him the job, who works hard, but just can't get the job done.

Other

Comment #: 20748
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Best federal judge on the 9th Circuit! He is both honest and fair!

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 20669
Rating:2.1
Comments:
A nice enough guy, but simply put he is unqualified to be a judge.

Other

Comment #: 20284
Rating:1.0
Comments:
He took my case from US Federal Judge William Rhea they both were working the case. This judge held a hearing right before US Federal William Rhea scheduled. Pregerson took over my case by going to his dad to force US Federal Judge William Rhea to turn over evidence he gotten. Judge Pregerson took over as US Attorney and as my attorney which the court index proves he had no court reporter was present in fact told me and my attorney he did not want any record my case however he forget each case is recorder so, there is a court index and transcripts. After many years the FBI is currently investigation dean D. Pregerson hopefully soo. I will testify against Dean D. pregerson in court or at least before he is sentence to Feder Prison.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 19490
Rating:3.7
Comments:
Blatantly inconsistent in sentencing. Asks the wrong questions and doesn't give credit where credit is due. The simplest logic is either ignored or beyond his ability. And my defendant received a better sentence than she expected. With a little more thought, the outcome would have been better. But he doesn't seem capable of it (and it doesn't seem to be a case load issue).

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 19032
Rating:7.6
Comments:
I had a civil case with him a few years back. He's accessible and his clerk is more than helpful. He may not be the most engaged judge, but he's definitely not one the handful of train wrecks currently terrorizing attorneys and litigants in CD.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 19031
Rating:7.3
Comments:
He's a better than average judge in the CD Cal., though obviously one or more criminal defense attorneys who have posted here (sometimes with remarkably similar comments - seriously, do we really think two different people elected to use the word "dullard"?) don't think much of him. Far better than some of the Dubya-appointed judges, like Anderson, Wright, and Walter, whose interests appear to be largely in protecting corporate defendants and dismissing cases with as little work on their part as possible.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 13871
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This dullard got his judgeship by being the son of a politically-connected federal judge (who, in turn got his judgship by being the brother-in-law of a then congressman) and by bundling money for Bill Clinton's first presidential run. He means well, is courteous, but is as dumb as a post. Compared to some of the other bench-warmers in the Central District of California, he is not so bad, but as an absolute matter, he hardly is qualified, even after many years of on-the-job experience, to be a federal judge. A shame.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 9616
Rating:5.3
Comments:
He is too scared to do the right thing. He stays in the middle no matter how strong the position is on either side.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 9564
Rating:7.2
Comments:
A fine judge in our firm's civil lit experience, although, like another poster says, he's not the heavyweight his father is (regardless of your views about his father's liberal leanings).

Certainly not virulently anti-consumer or biased in general, unlike many of the other very low-rated judges here, like Judges Anderson, Walter, Wright.

I'm not a criminal defense lawyer, so I can't opine on the views expressed by them.

Other

Comment #: 8734
Rating:3.0
Comments:
So slow on logic, intellect, opinion and truthfulness. Seems to look the other way !!! Shows lack of Judgement in personal matters IE contributing to VP Biden and pleading ignorance . Very untruthful with this and other matters.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 5961
Rating:1.4
Comments:
Works hard, but it makes no difference. Just dumb as a post, slow on the uptake, and ponderous.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 5626
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
This judge is of average intellect, but tries to be so careful that it compromises his efficiency and judgment. He is very slow to rule and his work is erratic, depending, it seems, on who his law clerks happen to be at any given time.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 2355
Rating:8.4
Comments:
a fine judge but not his father.